Ray E. Cramer

Induction: February 6, 2010

Ray E. Cramer holds a BA in Education and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Illinois
University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Prior to his appointment at Indiana
University Mr. Cramer taught public school in Bardolph, Illinois (1961-62) West Liberty, Iowa
(1963-65) Harlan, Iowa (1965-68) and Parma, Ohio 1968-69). Ray E. Cramer was a member of
the Indiana University School of Music faculty from the fall of 1969 through May 2005. In 1982,
Mr. Cramer was appointed Director of Bands. Under his leadership the Indiana University Wind
Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances including the
1982 American Bandmasters Association Convention, Indianapolis; the 1984 joint American
Bandmasters Association/Japan Bandmasters Association Convention, Tokyo; the 1988 MENC
National Convention, Indianapolis; the 1991 National CBDNA Convention in Kansas City, the
1994 National MENC Convention in Cincinnati, the 1995 American Bandmasters Association
Convention in Lawrence, Kansas; the 1997 National CBDNA Convention in Athens, Georgia; a
2000 spring tour to Japan performing in six cities and the All Japan Band Clinic; The 2003
CBDNA National Convention in Minneapolis, MN; a December 2003 performance at The
Midwest Clinic; plus numerous other regional and state conventions. In addition to his
administrative responsibilities as the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting Chair, Mr. Cramer
taught graduate courses in wind conducting, history and literature. He also conducted the
University Orchestra for seven years during the fall semester. (1994-2001) Mr. Cramer enjoyed a
36-year tenure at Indiana University with the final 24 years as Director of Bands. He is a member
of ABA, CBDNA, NBA, WASBE, MENC, IMEA, IBA, CIDA, and is affiliated with Phi Mu
Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Cramer is a recipient of the
Student Alumni Council Senior Faculty Award (1983), the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished
Service to Music Award (1988), the CIDA Director of the Year Award (1988), the Phi Beta Mu,
International Assembly, Outstanding Bandmaster Award (1988) and the Kappa Kappa Psi
Bohumil Makovsky Memorial Award (1991), The Edwin Franko Goldman award (2002), The
MENC Lowell Mason Fellow medallion (2003) Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor (2005) Bands
of America Hall of Fame (2006) Lifetime Achievement Award (2006). He has been awarded
Honorary Life Membership of the Colorado Bandmasters Association (2007), Honorary Life
Membership Iowa Bandmasters Association (2007) and has recently received the 17th Japan
Academic Society of Winds, Percussion and Band Award (2007). He is a past National President
of the College Band Directors National Association, The American Bandmasters Association and
has served as president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the North Central Division of
CBDNA and the Big Ten Band Directors Association. He is the current President of the Midwest
Clinic, an international band and orchestra convention held in Chicago each December. Mr.
Cramer is actively involved in clinics and guest conducting engagements nationally and
internationally. He serves as a regular guest conductor for the Musashino Academia of Music in
Tokyo, Japan that began in the fall of 1990 and continues to the present. He has conducted the
Musashino Wind Ensemble on tours throughout Japan and includes two performances at the

Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 1995 and 2006. He and his wife Molly reside in Colorado Springs
because they love the mountains and to be closer to their children, and grandchildren.